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Oldham Textile Employers' Association Archive

Date range: 1870–1960.

Records of the Oldham Textile Employers’ Association, which supported the interests of the cotton industry in Oldham, arbitrated in disputes between firms, lobbied both local and national government on behalf of the industry, and in later years helped to co-ordinate industrial reorganization and redundancy schemes.

Records include:

  • a complete run of letter-books
  • files relating to other organizations such as the British Cotton Growing Association
  • official government reports
  • a large amount of printed material concerning the cotton industry, including a set of the weekly newspaper for cotton operatives, Cotton Factory Times, 1889–1937

There is a wealth of information on working conditions, industrial diseases, relations between employers and employees, the state of both domestic and overseas trade, and the decline of the Lancashire cotton industry.

The archive is a valuable source for the study of labour history, economic and social history, employers’ associations, trade unions, industrial history, textile history, industrial decline, and international trade.

See also the Ashton Textile Employers' Association archive.

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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